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Libya marks anniversary of revolt which ousted Gaddafi

Libyans are marking the anniversary of the uprising that led to the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi after his rule of more than 40 years. Celebrations are planned in towns…

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‘China detaining Tibetans returning from India’

Beijing: The Chinese government has detained several hundred Tibetans who returned from India after attending teaching sessions overseen by the Dalai Lama, and is forcing them to undergo political re-education, a human rights group said. New York-based Human Rights Watch said it believed it was the first time since the late 1970s authorities had detained Tibetan laypeople in such large ...

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Nigerian "underwear" bomber gets life in prison in U.S.

DETROIT (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Nigerian man to life in prison for trying to blow up a U.S. airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009 with a bomb hidden in his underwear. “This was an act of terrorism that cannot be quibbled with,” said U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds, who imposed the maximum ...

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Murdoch flies in to confront growing crisis at Wapping HQ

The media mogul is expected to address staff at the News International headquarters in Wapping today amid rising anger among them that they are being thrown to the wolves to protect senior executives. Several experienced members of staff, or former employees, have been arrested as part of police inquiries into allegations that police and other officials were paid to pass ...

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German president resigns in setback for Merkel

BERLIN – Angela Merkel’s hand-picked choice for the ceremonial post of president resigned on Friday in a scandal over political favours, dealing a blow to the German chancellor in the midst of the euro zone debt crisis. In a curt five-minute statement at the Bellevue presidential palace, Christian Wulff acknowledged that he had lost the trust of the German people, ...

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Cameron and Sarkozy hail UK-French relationship

David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy have hailed the strong ties between the UK and France after agreeing to work more closely on military operations and civil nuclear power. Their relationship has come under scrutiny…

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US spy chief says al-Qaeda involved in Syria

The US intelligence chief says al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq may have carried out recent bombings in Syria and infiltrated armed opposition groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Bombings in Damascus and Aleppo since December targeting intelligence buildings “had all the earmarks of an al-Qaeda-like attack,” James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. “And so we believe al-Qaeda ...

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Gaddafi supporters outside Libya form new grouping

Members of Colonel Gaddafi’s former government outside Libya say they are starting a political movement aimed at radical change, the BBC has learnt. In a message which appears to be genuine, one of Gaddafi’s senior officials said they…

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Japan’s emperor enters hospital for heart surgery

YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press= TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Akihito checked into the hospital Friday for heart-bypass surgery that doctors say will allow him to lead a healthier, more active life. The surgery scheduled for Saturday will last about five hours to repair two of three coronary arteries that had narrowed, using a blood vessel from another part of his ...

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Iranian leader attempts to rally region by attacking hostile foreigners

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran criticised foreign powers for a campaign of destabilization, which he said was to blame for the problems facing Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mr Ahmadinejad looks on as scientists unveil a fuel rod at the Tehran Research Reactor Photo: REUTERS 9:04AM GMT 17 Feb 2012 Speaking at the end of regional summit in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, ...

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